Maintaining the high standards of the Irish Seed Trade Association is the main goal of the ISTA's incoming president, Phil Meaney of Glanbia.
Mr Meaney will serve a two-year term as ISTA president. He takes over from outgoing president Jim Gibbons of Germinal Ireland, who will serve as outgoing vice-president, along with the new incoming vice-president Brendan Reilly, cereal seed production and sales manager for Drummonds.
Phil Meaney currently manages Glanbia’s Graiguecullen site in Carlow, covering production facilities for seed grain, grass seed and food grade oats, and is responsible for the site's high standards in the production of certified seed.
ISTA represents multipliers, producers and distributors of certified seed in Ireland and its role is to promote the use of certified seed in tillage, forage and grassland crops. This is to ensure the best varieties of seed are made available to Irish farmers.
Within his term as president of ISTA, Mr Meaney says he is keen to represent, inform and lobby on behalf of ISTA members about seed related issues, and to promote the use and benefits of certified seed.